Courses

The following is the list of the school courses and lecturers. This page will be updated as the information becomes available.

Andrew Blake (Microsoft Research, UK)
An overview of current vision research at MSR Cambridge

Bio:
Andrew Blake is the Managing Director of Microsoft Research Cambridge, England. He joined Microsoft in 1999 as a Senior Researcher to found the Computer Vision group. In 2008 he became a Deputy Managing Director at the lab, before assuming his current position in 2010. Prior to joining Microsoft Andrew trained in mathematics and electrical engineering in Cambridge England, and studied for a doctorate in Artificial Intelligence in Edinburgh. He was an academic for 18 years, latterly on the faculty at Oxford University, where he was a pioneer in the development of the theory and algorithms that can make it possible for computers to behave as seeing machines.

He has published several books including "Visual Reconstruction" with A.Zisserman (MIT press), "Active Vision" with A. Yuille (MIT Press) and "Active Contours" with M. Isard (Springer-Verlag). He has twice won the prize of the European Conference on Computer Vision, with R. Cipolla in 1992 and with M. Isard in 1996, and was awarded the IEEE David Marr Prize (jointly with K. Toyama) in 2001.

In 2006 the Royal Academy of Engineering awarded him its Silver Medal and in 2007 the Institution of Engineering and Technology presented him with the Mountbatten Medal (previously awarded to computer pioneers Maurice Wilkes and Tim Berners-Lee, amongst others.) He was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1998, Fellow of the IEEE in 2008, and Fellow of the Royal Society in 2005. In 2010, Andrew was elected to the council of the Royal Society.

Victor Eruhimov (ITSeez.com and Nizhny Novgorod State University, Russia)
OpenCV and High-Performance Vision on GPU

Bio:
Victor Eruhimov is a CTO of Itseez, a company that provides computer vision technologies and consulting services. Itseez is also known as the main developer of the OpenCV library. Prior to co-founding Itseez, Victor worked as a project manager and senior research scientist at Intel Corporation. He applied computer vision and machine learning methods to automate Intel fabs and revolutionize data processing in semiconductor manufacturing. Before joining the manufacturing group Victor was developing technologies for human motion capture, image retrieval, super-resolution and face analysis. He is the author of more than 20 computer vision and machine learning papers, as well as several US and international patents. Victor has also been involved in several open source projects, being a developer of the OpenCV library.

Andrew Fitzgibbon (Microsoft Research, UK)
Topics in 3D Vision and Continuous Optimization for Computer Vision Part 1, Part 2

Bio:
Andrew Fitzgibbon is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK, where he works on new ways of thinking about video, particularly video of moving objects such as people, animals, trees and water. He has received several awards for his academic papers, including twice receiving the IEEE's Marr Prize; and software he wrote won an Engineering Emmy Award in 2002 for significant contributions to the creation of complex visual effects.

He studied at University College Cork, Heriot-Watt University, and Edinburgh University, from where he received his PhD in 1997. Until June 2005 he held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at Oxford University's Department of Engineering Science.

Сhristoph Lampert (Institute of Science and Technology, Austria)
Learning Structured Models Part 1, Part 2

Bio:
Christoph Lampert received the PhD degree summa cum laude in 2003 from the University of Bonn after studying mathematics at the University of Bonn and the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. From February 2004 to January 2007, he held a position as a senior researcher at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Kaiserslautern and interned for three month at Google Inc in Mountain View, California. In February 2007, he joined the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics at Tuebingen as leader of the computer vision research group in the Department of Empirical Inference. In April 2010, he was appointed an assistant professor at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria), where he heads a research group for computer vision and machine learning. He has received international and national awards for his work on efficient object localization (CVPR ’08), structured regression training (ECCV ’08), and object classification using multiclass contect (DAGM ’08). His research interests lie in the interface between computer vision and machine learning, in particular in structured prediction and attribute-enabled image representations.

Ivan Laptev (INRIA and École normale supérieure Paris, France)
Action Recognition

Bio:
Ivan Laptev is currently a full-time researcher in the WILLOW team at INRIA Paris and l'Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS). He received his PhD in Computer Science from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in 2004 and his Master of Science degree from the same institute in 1997. He was a research assistant at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) during 1997-1999 and he joined INRIA in 2004. Ivan's main research interests concern visual understanding of dynamical scenes including recognition of human actions, scenes and object categories. Ivan has published over 40 papers at international conferences and journals on computer vision, he serves as an associate editor of International Journal of Computer Vision and Image and Vision Computing Journal, he was/is an area chair for CVPR 2010, ICCV 2011 and ECCV 2012. He has received an award for outstanding research "Prime d'Excellence Scientifique" in 2010.

Vincent Lepetit (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland)
Real-time computer vision Part 1, Part 2

Bio:
Vincent Lepetit is a Senior Researcher at the Computer Vision Laboratory, EPFL. He received the engineering and master degrees in Computer Science from the ESIAL in 1996. He received the PhD degree in Computer Vision in 2001 from the University of Nancy, France, after working in the ISA INRIA team. He then joined the Virtual Reality Lab at EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) as a post-doctoral fellow and became a founding member of the Computer Vision Laboratory. His research interests include vision-based Augmented Reality, 3D camera tracking, object recognition and 3D reconstruction.

Carsten Rother (Microsoft Research, UK)
Discrete Models: Optimization and Applications

Bio:
Carsten Rother received his Diploma degree with distinction in 1999 at the University of Karlsruhe/Germany. He did his PhD at the Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm/Sweden, supervised by Stefan Carlsson and Jan-Olof Eklundh. Since 2003 he is a researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge/UK. His research interests are in the field of “Markov Random Fields for Computer Vision”, “Discrete Optimization”, and “Vision for Graphics”. He has published more than 29 high impact papers (at least 29 citations) at international conferences and journals. He won best paper honourable mention awards at CVPR ’05, ICVGIP ’10, ACCV ‘10 and he was awarded the DAGM Olympus price 2009. He serves on the program committee of major conferences (e.g. SIGGRAPH, ICCV, ECCV, CVPR, NIPS), and has been area chair for BMVC ’08 – ‘10 and DAGM ‘10.

Andrew Zisserman (University of Oxford, UK)
Visual search and recognition

Bio:
Andrew Zisserman is a professor at the Engineering Department of the University of Oxford, where he leads the Visual Geometry Group. Andrew's research interests include visual recognition, image retrieval, multiview geometry, and other aspects of computer vision. He has published several books including "Visual Reconstruction" (with Andrew Blake) and "Multiple View Geometry in Computer Vision" (with Richard Hartley). Andrew's papers received multiple awards at the top computer vision conferences including three Marr prizes at the International Conferences on Computer Vision (in 1993, 1998, and 2003). He is a fellow of the Royal Society and of the Royal Society of Engineering.

Additional Lectures

Victor Lempitsky (Oxford, UK)
Writing a computer vision paper
Anton Konushin (MSU, Russia)
Computer vision infrastructure
Olga Barinova (MSU, Russia)
Computer vision startup